History of Robots

Timeline created by KDN1998
  • Jan 1, 1495

    Da Vinci's Sketch

    Da Vinci's Sketch
    Leonardo Da Vinci sketched plans for a humanoid Robot. He sketched many other robots in later years but this event was considred the first that someone first had the idea of creating a robot or a device that could perform automatic tasks.
  • Digesting Duck

    Digesting Duck
    Jacques de Vaucanson, a French inventor, created the most advanced robot of that time, the "Digesting Duck". The duck could flap it's wings, crane it's neck and even swallow food.
  • Ford Revolution

    Ford Revolution
    Henry Ford, the owner and creator of the car brand Ford, introduced the Conveyer Belt assembly line at his factory in Highland Park, Michegan. It was the first of it's kind and it allowed Ford to produce his top car, the Model T, quicker than all the other car brands and it went on to become the leading car in the world until the Volkswagon Beetle in 1972
  • Lilliput

    Lilliput
    The first true robot toy was produced in Japan. The ‘Lilliput’ was a wind-up toy which walked. It was made from tinplate and stood just 15cm tall.
  • Sputnik

    Sputnik
    The Soviet Union launches ‘Sputnik’, the first artificial orbiting satellite. This marks the beginning of the space race.
  • First Man on the Moon

    First Man on the Moon
    The U.S. successfully use the latest in computing, robotic and space technology to land Neil Armstrong on the moon.
  • Deep Blue

    Deep Blue
    A computer built by IBM known as Deep Blue beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
  • AIBO

    AIBO
    Sony releases the first version of AIBO, a robotic dog with the ability to learn, entertain and communicate with its owner. More advanced versions have followed.
  • ASIMO

    ASIMO
    Honda debuts ASIMO, the next generation in its series of humanoid robots.
  • Roomba

  • Smallest ever Robot

    Smallest ever Robot
    Epsom release the smallest known robot, standing 7cm high and weighing just 10 grams. The robot helicopter is intended to be used as a ‘flying camera’ during natural disasters.
  • Roomba

    Roomba
    After being first introduced in 2002, the popular Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner has sold over 2.5 million units, proving that there is a strong demand for this type of domestic robotic technology.